The efforts succeeded in many ways. In large part this was because of scorched earth tactics that reflected an attitude that the country was only worth saving if it reflected the narrow minded image of an increasingly conservative leadership. In part, it also reflected the view of many good citizens that we were straying too far from some of our core values as a country. But the fundamental strategies followed by the Republican leadership were flawed and left our country economically and diplomatically worse off, a fact obvious to the majority of voters.
As a consequence, the pendulum began to swing back with the Democratic congressional victories in 2006 and the Presidential election in 2008. Hopefully, the moderates of both parties will reject the partisan extremes of both. For now, however, the right wing of the GOP is trying to knock off moderate Republicans so that conservatives will be the only alternative offered to Obama in 2010. The reality is that victories by moderate Republicans would do more damage to conservative hopes than Democratic victories because that could swing the entire center of the Party toward the middle.
On the Democratic side, there are also some interesting developments. The more liberal end of the party is battling what they view as the turncoats in the Senate who are opposing a public option in the health bill. On this issue, as on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama has been moving more and more to the center, dismaying the progressives who believed they owned his presidency. In his efforts on the economy, health care, and the wars, Obama has clearly decided to back burner a number of other priorities that are important to the left. Both the left and the Republican right are hoping to push the administration to confront these issues now: the left to take advantage of current voting strength and to flush out what they view as the "DINO's" (Democrats in name only), and conservatives in an effort to marginalize the administration as battles for the 2010 Congress heat up.
The next few months, as the administration deals with the economy, health care, and Afghanistan will be critical. To succeed, the administration needs to avoid being diverted from these core issues. It needs a quick victory on health care even if that requires a 50+1 vote in the Senate and a tight battle in the House confronting Obama against Pelosi. From a political perspective, anything Obama does on Afghanistan will result in major political problems since there are no good answers that are possible. As a consequence, he has to make a decision and campaign to sell it to the people.
On the economy, what Obama needs more than anything else is time. While doomsayers like Goose are crying that unemployment will mount to 20% or more, and liberal Dem's are hoping for another round of massive public spending plus tax cuts to make their election campaigns easier, more moderate voices are noticing that almost none of the capital spending portion of the stimulus bill has been implemented yet. Those funds will kick in on an accelerating basis over the next six months, helping the economy.
The greatest fear of Republicans is that by the time the campaign heats up unemployment is likely to be declining, consumer confidence increasing (probably not reflected in consumer income), and the DOW will probably be over 10,000. On one hand, Republicans will focus on the deficit. However, at the same time they will be proposing policies that would do nothing except increase the deficit even more. In the elections themselves, I expect that there will be small to moderate Democratic losses with continued Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate. Both sides will declare victory.
When the dust settles, the country will not have been radically changed in any direction -- toward the right or toward the left.
This is so typical of a MOR egghead. "I want everyone to love me, because I'm a moderate, and I'm open minded...far more than anyone else that is so opinionated and are so wrong minded...blah, blah, blah".
The Contract for America was an excellant program...but failed in the most important point: the inability to get term limits imposed on the nationally elected representatives and senators. Without that, the 'people' that the Constitution was written for, are NOT in power.
Concerning your inane observation of why the pendulum began swinging in the Democrat's favor because we all wanted less conservatism and felt the liberals had better ideas is preposterous. Most of us knew the consequences of an Obama regime...such as removal of right-to-work laws, paying for the Algore fiasco, and government takeover of healthcare, and we held our nose while we pulled the lever for a candidate that your ilk selected through the MSP. Conservatism had NO presidential candidate!
It's understandable how you can't see the erosion of this nation's freedoms, because you are in favor of that legislation. So you see why I'm not angry with the likes of the Obama thugs in power, that's what they do! I'm only angry with you and your hypocrite 'moderate' friends that think they can pick and choose which freedoms we should not be concerned about losing. It angers me to watch such a crowd of toady yahoos sucking up and falling on the sword for this batch of facists you have put in power.
As to that final statement about the dust settling and no 'radical' changes being made...ARE YOU SERIOUS??? Unfortunately, like all your sheeple buddies, I fear you are. But that comment does expose all your bloviating as being pure sophistry; your hubris in attempting to make everyone believe you are so moderate is phony. You indeed are a complete big-government socialist. Obama ubber alles! You must be proud!
When the one you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure.
The way to devour an elephant without anyone noticing is a couple of bites per dayI would say we were closer under the prior administration, but no American government has even come close. On those occasions when we have played at the fringes, the impetus has generally come from the right: e.g., Joe McCarthy and the House un-American Activities Committee during the 1950's
As for the first sentence of your post, it is hard for me to feel insulted by being called a middle of the road egghead. I could care less what you think of me. And yes, I do think I am more moderate and open minded than you.
Train the dog, the ribbons will take care of themselves.
glad you think i'm sweet Tex.....
sorry, but i don't think the government is out to get me. or you.
my comment had to do with the many millions of Americans who get up each day, love their families, go to work and pay their taxes, obseving the law of the land.
take care of yourself overseas and come back home in one piece. thanks for your service!-Paul
there's no good reason to fatten up a retriever.
[quote=Uncle Bill;510035]If you don't see how this administration is becoming a very real form of fascism, you are blinded by the light of your messiah.
But just for chuckles and grins, let's examine just what that "fascism" word means, so all of us idjits know what we are referring to.
Mr. Webster tells us: fascism (sometimes F) a system of government characterized by strict one-party dictatorship, forcible suppression of opposition, private economic enterprise under governmental control, belligerent nationalism, racism, and militarism etc.
You just discribed Dumbya to a tee.